About Me

Hi, my name is Randy Hill and I am just one of thousands of people around the world, tired and frustrated with the lack of consideration that is displayed by a growing "demographic" that I call, "the great unwashed and ill-mannered." People who can't seem to get outside their little world long enough to see the stress that they create on the rest of the population.

I've created this blog and online store as an outlet for this pent-up frustration...and also to have a little devious fun while I'm at it!

Have fun and keep it down while you're in here. Thanks.

[When Randy isn't whining about noisy and rude people, he dreams up designs in his studio at Hill Design Studios. A native Texan, Randy resides in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with his wife Dawn and four cats]

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Cell Phone Etiquette

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Talking on your cell phone while driving can be hazardous to your health

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

I must admit that I’m guilty of often talking on my cell phone while I’m driving somewhere, just to kill time. Not good. It doesn’t take Einstein to help you figure out that driving while talking on your cell phone (either hands on or hands off) definitely makes it easier for you to space out […]

Top Ten Cell Phone Usage Offenses and Remedies

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

  SpinVox, the leader in voice-to-text technology, has used its expertise in mobile phone culture to identify America‘s top ten most annoying cell phone practices. In an effort to foster harmonious community living, SpinVox lists these antisocial habits and offers helpful tips for more respectful cell phone usage. “Cell phones have become as necessary as […]

Thanks for your honesty

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

My wife and I went to the post office the other night. She was driving and I was riding shotgun. We have made a habit of sticking our cell phones in the little handle grip of the door, since it sits so perfectly in there. I got out, checked out post office box then got […]

Love the one you’re with…not the one on your cell phone.

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Can you ever have enough tips for cell phone etiquette? I think not. U.S. Cellular offers the following cell phone manners tips: 1. Don’t shout! —Despite the smaller handsets now available, your callers can hear you just as well on a wireless phone as on a regular phone. Keep your voice to a low, conversational […]

Holland has had it with cell phones

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

I don’t normally think of people in Holland as capable of getting cranky. Sure, the wooden shoes can get uncomfortable, but then there are the marijuana bars where they can go let some steam off. Now it seems the Dutch folk are fed up with loud cell phone talking and ring tones. At least 65% […]

How to use a cell phone in a restaurant – 5 tips

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

  1) Don’t. 2) If you have to bring the phone inside with you (emergency only), switch the ringer to vibrate before you leave the car. 3) If you must answer the phone in the restaurant, use your “inside voice” and don’t shout. The person on the other end of the phone will still hear […]

Get in the habit – Turn off your cell phone

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Here’s a cool little habit that will help you make friends wherever you go. Turn off your cell phone. Turn it off in the restaurant. Turn it off in the bookstore. Turn it off in church. Turn it off in the movie. It’s an easy habit to establish if you make the effort. Watch. Pick […]

Reviving the lost art of good manners

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Teaching etiquette in an age of e-mails and texting By Kathy Hall For etiquette expert Laurajane Wikoff, good manners are more than knowing the proper use of a dinner napkin. They are an antidote to the stresses of today’s hectic, computer-focused lifestyle and a crucial component of social, interpersonal and business success. “We are a […]

Take it outside

Monday, May 28th, 2007

I had lunch the other day in a popular little Japanese restaurant around the corner from where I work. Lunchtime can be pretty noisy there. It’s a small place in a strip mall and does a lot of take-out orders from a nearby school. It’s the kind of place where all the table conversations create […]

“Personal audio space” on the horizon

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

I read an interesting article in Discovery News yesterday. Seems researchers at Microsoft have figured out a way to recreate the headphone experience, sans headphones. The technology uses an array of speakers that cancel out sound signals so that someone 5 feet away can’t hear what the other person is hearing. They still have some […]

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